Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD, has welcomed news that €2m in funding has been secured for RehabCare but warned families and service users should not have had to endure such fear in the lead up to the confirmation of funding.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony commented, “It is very welcome news that €2m has been secured for RehabCare services. The government only sat down with RehabCare after much political and public pressure.

“Nationwide, in every town and village, people benefit from the dedicated services of RehabCare. Often these services supplement health centre services, particularly in rural Ireland as this sector struggles.

“Without this €2m there was a real concern that services would stop. Fortunately, this is now not the case.

“The Minister for Health and his Department must quickly outline when the money will be issued and ensure an examination of issuing multi-year funding is considered, so we do not have an annual panic for the clients and families of RehabCare,” concluded Deputy Murphy O’Mahony.